Lawrence Kasdan first came into the Star Wars universe in 1978, hired by George Lucas to write a new draft of his screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back. Leigh Brackett had done the first draft, but passed away from cancer before she could do another, and after a couple of stabs by Lucas, Kasdan got the nod as Lucas was impressed with Kasdan’s draft for Raiders of the Lost Ark. I bet Kasdan never thought he’d have anything to do with Star Wars again after turning in the script to Return of the Jedi, but over 30 years later, here he is, back at the forefront of Wars, and now, ready to retire again. (more…)
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It was a story everyone could identify with. Life-long Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood had a terminal illness, and despite the fact that he had exceeded the life expectancy quoted to him by his doctor by more than two months, he wasn’t so certain he could hold out another couple of months until the wide release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Thousands of other Wars fans lent their voices online to Daniel’s cause, the ranks of which also included Star Warriors Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley, and while the tale ended in success, there’s now a sad coda. Via a Facebook post from Daniel’s wife this morning, we’ve learn that Daniel has died from his illness. (more…)
A little over a month till the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it’s interesting to note just how little we don’t know about the new film in terms of story or how the various characters come together. Of course, specifically, what we’re talking about is if any of the young characters are linked genealogically to any of the characters from the original Star Wars trilogy. Perhaps this is a clue. The latest TV advertisement for The Force Awakens seems to be pointing pretty strongly that once of the new characters has a familial connection to one of the big three. Are we crazy, or did this ad just out who the heir to the Solo Empire is? (more…)
Want Some New ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ Footage? Check Out The New International Trailer!
Disney’s approach to the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens follows the path that they have taken with each and every Marvel movie: when it comes to pre-release footage and information, less is more. So, it isn’t very surprising that audiences have very little information when it comes to the plot of the new film or its characters. After the final trailer was released a couple of weeks back, fans were left wanting more, which writer/director J.J. Abrams, unfortunately, stated they would not get. After all, that was the “final” trailer, so it makes sense that fans would not be getting any more footage. However, as is often the case with Abrams, this statement was apparently just a lie, as a new international trailer for the film just dropped and it is chock full of new footage for eager fans to pore over. (more…)
The Star Wars franchise has made the dreams of many come true both on and off screen. With a fan-base spanning all across the globe, and a message that hits all ages it is no surprise that the franchise is so popular. In the past few weeks, the internet has been buzzing around the plight of one fan in particular, Daniel Fleetwood, whose health situation is rather dire. Using the hashtag #ForceForDaniel they reached out to Star Wars fans across the web to help them get Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot to help him see Star Wars: The Force Awakens before his condition spirits him away. The campaign gained massive attention across the Internet, and they’ve finally responded.
It’s no secret that Fox News is, well, not exactly the hippest network on your TV dial. It’s viewership tends to be older, whiter and angrier than the average, and with an unusually high tolerance for loud-talking blowhards that say contrarian things in order to be contrarian. That’s about the only reason one can think of when wondering why, in a recent segment from his show Your World, Neil Cavuto dedicated precious air time to talking about how over-rated Star Wars is. Under normal circumstances with Fox News we might agree to disagree, but since the Force is with us and clearly not Cavuto, let’s take a minute to take him down a peg. (more…)
Five new Star Wars: The Force Awakens character posters have hit the Internet featuring new looks at Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, Han Solo, and Princess Leia Organa Solo. What can these posters tell us about the characters? You’d be surprised once you take a closer look. (more…)
Most out there have witnessed the critical tirade that is Honest Trailers. Brought to the world by Screen Junkies, this amusing series of YouTube videos takes the movies that we all know and love (and sometimes hate with a passion) and tear them into little pieces for all the stupid crap that the writers, producers and directors decided would make good cinema. This time, these critical curmudgeons have set their sights on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Usually Screen Junkies wait to create an Honest Trailer until after the film in question has hit theaters. But this is Star Wars, and well, just because.
Their video pokes fun at the fans of the franchise, George Lucas, and the prequel films. (more…)
In the 2009 film Fanboys, a group of friends played by Sam Huntington, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel and Kristen Bell undertake a cross-country mission to sneak their dying friend – played by Chris Marquette – into Skywalker Ranch to fulfill his last wish to see Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. While that movie was a comedy, it now has a sad real-life parallel in the tale Daniel Fleetwood, a Star Wars fan with, shall we say, an uncertain lifespan, who would also like to see the next Star Wars movie before he passes. But unlike the main character of Fanboys, who had only a ragtag group of nerds in his corner, Daniel has Mark Hamill. (more…)
‘Late Show’ Host and ‘Star Wars’ Super-Fan Stephen Colbert Makes a Prediction for ‘The Force Awakens’ Plot
All right folks, it’s time to get serious. We’re only 7 weeks away from the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and while JJ Abrams and his team remained groin-grabbingly tight-lipped on plot details, that hasn’t stopped fans of all kinds from making their guesses as to what might happen in Episode VII. Most fans, though, don’t have their own late-night talk show on which to spout their rhetoric; fortunately for us, Stephen Colbert does.